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Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (probably 8 March 1566 – 8 September 1613) was Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza. As a composer he is known for writing intensely expressive madrigals and pieces of sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century. However, the best-known fact of his life is his brutal killing of his first wife and her aristocratic lover upon finding them in flagrante delicto. The fascination for his music and his crimes have gone hand in hand.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 8th, 1566 (Venosa), Died September 8th, 1613 (Gesualdo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick XE25897-XE25898 12-in. 1/7/1928 Io tacerĂ² Raffaele Casimiro Casimiri ; Roman Poliphonic Society Male vocal chorus composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gesualdo da Venosa, Carlo," accessed July 24, 2021,

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"Gesualdo da Venosa, Carlo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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